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Old March 11th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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So I bought this tandem 7x16 ft enclosed trailer that was formerly a coachmen camper. It is in very good condition, and i'm in the process of turning it into a toyhauler.

Looking for ideas......

i'd like to keep this about 80% Garage, 20% house. AKA no water

Anybody ever see a layout for one built so gearhead bias? any ideas of what should be included?


I already have
- workbench/bar
- shelves and racks over the wheelwells
- air compressor
- toolbox stack
- Generator
- Almost finished wiring the electrical

lookin at at finding
- mini-fridge
- microwave
- small stereo reciever and speakers
-?????


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This is my previous trailer, although longer than yours at 40' you can get an idea of what I did. The metal cabinets are factory, the white counter top and sink as well as drawers and all other cabinets were from Lowes. Microwave sat on the counter, fridge was underneath and stereo was an undercabinet mount bought at the local stereo shop. You can also see the two burner propane cooktop next to the micro.

Speakers were wall mount units for a marine application. The stereo is under the overhead cabinet above the micro. I know you said no water but it really easy to do. With a sprayer tank (25 gallon) generally used on quads or lawn tractors. These tanks come with a 12volt on demand pump, same type used in RV's. Run a 12v hot and ground to the pump with an inline switch like you would use for fog lights and your in bussines. I found a damaged RV sink at the local camper sales for $9 and the fuacet was on clearence for $14 at Home Depot. I found having water in the trailer was indespensible if you use it for camping.


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Old March 11th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #3
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Ironman, thanks for the input. Looks like you built a really nice rig. I may take that idea into consideration about the water, When I started brainstorming this thing up, I tried to imagine things lightly. I only have a 98 1/2ton Chevy to pull it with, which shouldn't be a probably as long as its not totally loaded.

I guess I should also say that I am building this on a budget, but also that things do not have to be overly visually appealing if you know what I mean. I'm hoping to substitute with overly functional. I would love to build it out to look like the one you have, but I currently don't have the coin.

Keeping with the 80% shop, 20% shop theme, I'm not even putting beds in either, maybe just hammocks or cots that fold into the walls. I'm more looking for items that would add to the rolling shop theme, but suggestions to improve livability don't hurt.

Do you have Quads or Bikes? If you do MX, what did you use to tie bikes down with? Recessed D-rings or something else?

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Hutch: Go over to www.thumpertalk.com and check out the trailer forum. There are quite a few people who are doing custom cargo trailers / toy haulers. There are a ton of ideas, I'm looking for a cargo so I can do the same ;-)
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I hauled my Jeep and two quads in the 40 footer. Used recessed D-rings but would rather have had E-Track on the floor.

It was a goosneck so the bed area was a no brainer. The previous trailer was a 24' and we used roll away beds we bought at Jays Sporting goods in Clare. More comfy than a cot and they folded in the middle for storage.

My current trailer is a 20' Haulin which for the most part only hauls the Jeep and acts as a shop while on the road. We will however stay in it from time to time when we are doing a short trip and leaving the motorhome at home. So in essence I am doing the same thing you are right now. I will snap a pick of the inside of my new one and post it up here.

Speaking of E-Track, this also works great on the walls for attaching things like lawn chairs and cots. I have a fold up 8' picnic table on one wall attached with the E-Track system. This assures us that we will always have a clean dinning room table inside or out.
I sell E-Track if you would like a price on it.

I have owned 4 enclosed trailers so far and have built several add ons for practicallity or neccessity. Needless to say I am getting pretty good at it.
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Hutch: Go over to www.thumpertalk.com and check out the trailer forum. There are quite a few people who are doing custom cargo trailers / toy haulers. There are a ton of ideas, I'm looking for a cargo so I can do the same ;-)
x2, toyotamdtech trailer is pretty nice.
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Theres some good stuff on thumpertalk. The "PitPal" guy they suggested for higher end stuff is actually only 5 blocks from me...small world. I am still messing around with this thing, and still debating a few ideas, i'll be sure to get some pics up when I finish.


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Well after 3 weeks of nights in the trailer, this is what i came up with.
I didn't end up doing water, but I wanted to stay very garage bias, so i included
welder, air compressor, shop vac, coolers, toolboxes, floack & stands, powertools, ect

Constructive criticisim welcome....



Outside shot of the trailer... 16x7.5 overall


overall shot from the back doors


Leftside


Rightside


Electrical and stereo (car stereo is running on the rigged computer powersupply)


Toolbox and radio antenna .......used to be on an olds
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Fuck me, that's an awsome setup!

Is that a converted flatbed? The 2x4 walls would be awesome to have in my trailer, but @ 6x10, I ain't giving up ANY space.

The only thing I don't like is the big ole contractor's genny - awesome, cost-efficient powersource, but only if it isn't parked next to me running 24 hours/day.

I'm still pretty damn envious - if you didn't post pic of the outside, you could've told us it was your single-car garage and we wouldn't have known any better.
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Holy shit, I just noticed the sparklers!
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yeah, the trailer used to be a 77 Coachmen Camper trailer. I bought it after another guy turned it into a cargo trailer. He was using it for his carpentry buisness but decided it was too big. I got an incredible deal on it becuase his wife wanted it out of the yard. It was completly empty, but was totally functional for what he was using it for. The stud on the inside are nice, so i treated it like it was a garage.

Probably not gonna believe me, but other than the cost of the trailer i have around 200 bucks into it. I had most of the stuff for the inside of it rat-holed away including that generator. i got that at a garage sale for 100 bucks. Cleaned out the carb, and she runs great. (9 HP Briggs Vanguard).

As for the sparklers, incase i happen to be lost in the woods, they could be used as a signaling device of sorts

thanks for the compliments, anybody else?

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